A thunderstorm rattled the Bay Area early Sunday, causing downed trees and power lines, threatening property damage with winds of up to 70 mph and frequent lightning strikes that possibly caused several brush fires.
The National Weather Service issued its first severe thunderstorm warning at 3:01 a.m. for Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, which was supposed to last until 5:01 a.m. Forecasters have since then updated the warning, extending it to Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma Counties, set to end at 8 a.m.
Meanwhile, power is out for tens of thousands of people across the Bay Area in hundreds of different power outages. Most of the outages look to be storm-related, with reports of downed and damaged power lines throughout the region. The largest outage currently looks to be in Richmond, with over 5,000 customers affected. About 4,500 customers were effected in San Mateo County. PG&E said they are working on restoring power. This morning's power outages are unrelated to the recent blackouts from hot temperatures and strain on the electrical grid.
Sunday morning's power outages are unrelated to the recent blackouts from hot temperatures and strain on the electrical grid.